After a dramatic three-round bout of rock paper scissors against other team captain Emily Pfalzer, Hilary Knight won the privilege of selecting first for her team in this year's NWHL All-Star Game. Knight has selected fellow Pride player Kacey Bellamy. Bellamy has two goals and four assists through eight games so far this season.
The first pick for Emily Pfalzer is Brianna Decker of the Boston Pride. Decker has five goals and six assists through eight games.
In round two, Hilary Knight has continued to stick with her Team USA teammates and has selected the first Whale to go in the draft - shootout specialist Kelli Stack. Pfalzer has selected new Dunkin' Donuts partner and Buffalo Beauts player Meghan Duggan, who has three goals and six assists for nine points this year.
In round three, Knight has gone for the Whale's top scorer Kaleigh Fratkin, one of three players in the league with more than ten points. Pfalzer has selected teammate Kelley Steadman, who has only played in six of the eight Beauts games this season; she is a practice player who can technically only join the team when they are down a woman.
Knight went for the first European player in round 4, former CWHL teammate and current Riveter Janine Weber. Meanwhile, Pfalzer went even FURTHER abroad and selected the first goaltender to go in the draft, Riveters star Nana Fujimoto, whose GAA is 2.96 and sv% is a solid .913.
In round five, Knight drafted a brick wall in the undefeated Jaimie Leonoff of the Connecticut Whale; Leonoff has a 1.68GAA and .941sv%, good for best in the league. Pfalzer drafted defenseman and US national team player Megan Bozek from the Beauts.
Leo is the only goalie to have earned a point in the NWHL season thus far. https://t.co/IjU1GlKzUk— Kate Cimini (@k_cimini) December 10, 2015
Round six was all about the Pride defense as Knight drafted Alyssa Gagliardi and Pfalzer drafted Gigi Marvin.
In round seven, Knight went for teammate Jordan Smelker, an Alaskan-born forward with two goals and three assists on the season. Pfalzer also selected a Pride player, defenseman Blake Bolden. This was just Boston proving its superiority, or possibly just Boston College Eagles sticking together. Bolden has one goal and three assists for the Pride this season.
Beauts goalie Brianne McLaughlin went to Team Knight in round 8; Pfalzer selected Pride goalie Brittany Ott, aka she of the formerly very dissonant yet awesome baby blue pads. Ott's numbers are good for second best in the NWHL behind Leonoff.
Round nine saw the Beauts' Shelby Bram, a center, go to team Knight; Shiann Darkangelo went to Team Pfalzer. Darkangelo is second on the Whale in goals scored with four.
More Pride went in round 10 with Amanda Pelkey going to team Knight and Emily Field going to team Pfalzer. To this point, eight Pride have been selected, making up nearly half of the All Star game.
Jordan Brickner of the Connecticut Whale was Knight's last pick, she is a defenseman with five assists. Pfalzer's last pick was the Pride's Zoe Hickel.
Including captains, that means 11 Pride players, six Beauts players, five Whale, and two Riveters are on the rosters.
The All-Star Game will be played in Buffalo on January 24 and tickets are $30. Additionally, two more players will be selected by fan vote tomorrow - get your picks in to @NWHL_ on twitter!